Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Trim Down Tip


Recently, I began working as a consultant for Price Chopper supermarkets. The company is in the middle of a HUGE push for nutrition education and advocacy among its customers. Part of the campaign (and an enormous undertaking) involves the implementation of NuVal, a nutrition scoring system.

NuVal scores food items between 1 and 100. A panel of health experts developed an algorithm that considers over 30 nutrients both good and bad. The end product is a simple number. The higher the score, the better it is for you. Which granola bar should you buy. The one with the higher number. Cookies? The higher number. It really is that easy. Use it to choose between healthy items and less than healthy items. Typically, the score is hanging below a food along with the price making it easy to find. NuVal is available in several other supermarkets across the country. Click here for locations.

The goal is to have every food item scored, and although this may take a while, I can already see the benefits.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Delicious Discovery

Nestle Toll House Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Helllooo! I know...it's been a while. Let's say I just say I went into hibernation mode. Now that the sun is starting to get warmer (a little?)...I'm starting to function a little bit better. What did I do during my break...find you lots of delicious treats. My favorite of which is Nestle Toll House Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

I know, I'm obsessed with chocolate chip cookies. So I needed to do something about it. I don't have time to make fresh ones weekly (or biweekly, perhaps...), so thank goodness I stumbled upon these! Just 50 calories each--they are a mini piece of heaven. I suggest overcooking them a little bit. Cookies taste better a few days later when they are crispy, in my opinion. 

Only hesitate to purchase these if you have  little to no self control. Believe me, they are addicting and you may find yourself eating several or 10 at once. Don't do that! Stick with the recommended 3 per serving and you'll be good to go!